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I have recently been trying to establish a working method of developing Wordpress sites locally by making use of an XAMPP server. The issue is that any images that I attempt to use refuse to show up when I load the page in a browser. I'm using the <?php echo get_template_directory(); ?>/library/images/name_of_the_svg_image file path, and when you right click and find them in the browser inspector HTML them shows the source as: C:\Program Files\xampp\htdocs\wp/wp-content/themes/Chronaemia/library/images/name_of_the_svg_image Which, when I copy and paste it into the browser, shows the image properly. Is there something obvious that I am missing here?

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get_template_directory() Retrieves the absolute path to the directory of the current theme, without the trailing slash.

You should use get_template_directory_uri(); for showing correct image path on site.

echo get_template_directory();?>/library/images/name_of_the_svg_image will work in your case.

Details here

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use bloginfo('template_url')

<?php echo bloginfo('template_url'); ?>/library/images/name_of_the_svg_image

you need a url... not directory...

more on bloginfo here

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